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Surveillance video: Same man may have robbed Beecher's twice

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

New surveillance video shows the same man may have committed two armed robberies that took place last week at the same store.

The robberies happened at Beecher's gas station in Dubuque. The first was on Wednesday night and the second was on Saturday night.

Both robberies took place slightly before 10 p.m. The robber in both instances was a heavy-set white man between 5'7" and 6" tall. He wielded a knife on both nights.

Fortunately, neither of the cashiers on duty those two evenings were injured, but they were certainly scared.

Police say they're not ruling anything out at this point, but Beecher's co-owner Brian Beecher said he is convinced one man committed both armed robberies.

"You're going to get caught," Beecher said. "You're going to get caught, I hope."

Beecher's is a third-generation family business that dates back to the 1920s.

"It was on Facebook that robbing the Beechers was like robbing your grandparents," second-generation owner Bob Beecher said with a laugh. "We've been around so long, I guess!"

He said the store has been robbed in the past, but never like this.

"When my wife woke me up and said, 'We've been robbed again,' I said, 'Are you kidding?'" Beecher recounted. "I couldn't believe it! I said, 'To think we've be robbed twice within a week! It's just impossible.'"

Brian Beecher, Bob's son, was shocked as well.

"I'm very mad about it, yeah, especially the second time. It's very upsetting," Beecher said. "I think more about the employees, you know. We've had some of the girl employees concerned, you know. They're teenagers, so their parents are concerned about this, especially since this was an armed robbery."

The Beechers, however, said they're taking the convenience store robbery in stride.

"Well, what else can you do? You have to," Bob's wife Betty Beecher said. "We are going into bigger and better cameras now."

After the second robbery, the Beechers installed a temporary wooden barrier to the cashier area until they can install a more permanent one.

"We're taking precautions right now. We're not waiting," Brian Beecher said. "We have a security company already installing cameras so we can monitor the lot, who's outside, who's coming and going."

Beecher's was last robbed more than a dozen years ago, and that person was caught, the family says.

On Wednesday night's robbery, the man held his knife up to the cashier's throat. She gave him the $800 in the register and he ran away.

On Saturday, the robber simply held his knife up menacing toward the cashier, and the young man gave the robber $450.

The Beechers are hoping they don't see the guy a third time.

Dubuque police say the man or men might be familiar with the surrounding area and the store, though officials aren't ruling out any possibilities about the suspect - or suspects - at this time.

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